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Rules Committee issues farm bill rule for 108 amendments

The House Rules Committee early today issued a rule on the farm bill making 103 amendments in order, but allowing only 10 minutes of debate on most of them.

The committee issued a structured rule, which makes only particular amendments in order, but it allowed 103 out of 230 that were filed to come up on the floor.

The rule also allows House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., to file an en bloc amendment.

The rule allows 20 minutes of debate on the following amendments:

No. 13 — Sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa, to make changes to the sugar program.

No. 55 — Sponsored by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., to change the food aid program that buys commodities and ships them overseas to the Obama administration’s proposal to buy much of the food in countries close to where it is needed, and to give the U.S. Agency for International Development increased flexibility in managing food aid and agricultural development programs.

No. 146 — Sponsored by Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., to restore cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP or food stamps, by cutting the crop insurance program.

No. 149 — Sponsored by Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., to impose income limits on crop insurance subsidies.

No. 194 — Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to make changes to the dairy title that is in the House Agriculture Committee-passed bill.

The amendments that the committee has made in order are designated in the committee’s full list of amendments.

Amendments allowed 20 minutes of debate

13 — Changes the federal sugar program
55 — Changes U.S. international food aid
146 — Restores the $20.5 billion cuts in SNAP
149 — Limits premium subsidies to producers with AGI under $250,000, etc.
194 — Dairy Producer Margin Insurance Program

House Rules Committee — H.R. 1947 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (FARRM)